Communities of Practice

Communities of Practice started at Hack for LA in 2020, post-Covid. These communities have been a vital connection point in our fully remote organization. They have enabled us to connect people across projects in ways that are both meaningful for the individuals, and have helped the organization build professional infrastructure to support our community, nonprofit and government project partnerships. These communities have also enabled Hack for LA to provide rapid response to the evolving crises of 2020.

If you'd like to join one of the Communities of Practice that has a regular meeting time, join their Slack channel and look for the meeting details, usually pinned or in the description. Otherwise, see the "How to get started" sections below.

To join the Slack channels below, you first need to be a member of our Hack for LA Slack Community – you can self-invite here.

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Data Science

This group is a space where data science professionals from different projects can come together to share effective practices, and give and get mentorship. The members also sometimes workshop group projects.

Meeting Times: TBD

Leadership Type: Mentor Led

Name: Sophia Alice

Role: Co-lead

Name: Ryan Swan

Role: Co-lead

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Engineering

This group is a space where developers from different projects come together to share effective practices, give and get mentorship, set development standards, and create guides for new projects.

Meeting Times: TBD

Leadership Type: Mentor Led

Name: Greg Pawin

Role: Co-lead

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Ops

This group covers all areas of dev-ops and has been the spot for coordination on infrastructure improvements such as AWS hosting, password vaults, multi-tenant product architecture, etc.

Meeting Times: TBD

Leadership Type: Community Led

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Project/Product Management

PMs from different projects come together in this group to share effective practices, give and get mentorship, set product management standards, and create guides and templates for new projects.

Meeting Times: TBD

Leadership Type: Mentor Led

Name: Niven Prasad

Role: Co-lead

Name: Olivia Chiong

Role: Co-lead

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UI/UX

This group creates a space where UI/UX designers and researchers from different projects can come together to share effective practices, give and get mentorship, set standards, and create guides for new projects.

Meeting Times: TBD

Leadership Type: Peer Led

Name: Danielle Nedivi

Role: Co-lead

Name: Tan Zhou

Role: Co-lead